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EDITORIAL

Prof. Johan Galtung

BRIC(K)S for a New World Economic Order!

by Johan Galtung, 28 Jul 2014 - TRANSCEND Media Service

They made it, with constructive alternatives--the New Development Bank and the Contingency Reserve Agreement--to the US-dominated World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Those two parts of Bretton Woods were basic pillars in the economic infra-structure of the US Empire in the hands of the US Congress.

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TMS PEACE JOURNALISM

Never Again to Us

by Robert C. Koehler – TRANSCEND Media Service

“Israel regrets every injury to civilians. I call on the residents of Gaza: Don’t stay there. Hamas wants you to die; we want you to be safe.” – Netanyahu. Glenn Greenwald compared this remark to a 1941 comment by Joseph Goebbels: “One suddenly has the impression,” the Nazi propaganda minister wrote, “that the Berlin Jewish population consists only of little babies whose childish helplessness might move us, or else fragile old ladies.”

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Other Commentaries

IPRA 2014 - 50th ANNIV. CONFERENCE

Interview with Johan Galtung: The Pioneering International Peace Research Association He Founded in 1964

by Antonio C. S. Rosa, editor – TRANSCEND Media Service

Interview conducted on the occasion of IPRA’s 50th anniversary celebration at the Istanbul Conference, Turkey, August 11-15, 2014.

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SPOTLIGHT

The NSA’s New Partner in Spying: Saudi Arabia’s Brutal State Police

by Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain – The Intercept

25 Jul 2014 - The NSA last year significantly expanded its cooperative relationship with the Saudi Ministry of Interior, one of the world’s most repressive and abusive government agencies. An April 2013 top secret memo provided by Edward Snowden details the agency’s plans “to provide direct analytic and technical support” to the Saudis on “internal security” matters.

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BY TRANSCEND MEMBERS

We Need a New Understanding of the Security Council

by Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service

The permanent members of the UN Security Council are certifiably sick entities suffering from bouts of psychoses. They are all suffering from imperial syndrome of various versions.

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Shadow Boxing or Filling an Empty Diplomatic Space? Track II and Security in the Middle East

by Rene Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service

The term “Track II” was coined in 1981 by Joseph Montville in an article “Foreign Policy according to Freud” as being “unofficial, informal interaction among members of adversarial groups or nations with the goals of developing strategies, influencing public opinion, and organizing human and material resources in ways that might help resolve the conflict.”

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Vital Collective Learning from Biased Media Coverage

by Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service

This is an exploration of exposure to media reports on the Israeli military ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, ordered on 17 July 2014 -- only hours after the destruction over Ukraine of the Malaysian Ariines flight MH17 by missile. Both cases have given rise to conflicting, unconfirmed reports by a variety of authorities. Justifications for any interpretation are readily -- even assertively -- offered.

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Once And For All!

by Uri Avnery – TRANSCEND Media Service

To put an end to the launching of rockets into Israel from the Gaza Strip, Once And For All! To put an end to the blockade of the Gaza Strip by Israel and Egypt, Once And For All! So why don't the two sides come together without foreign interference and agree on tit for tat? Once And For All?

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The Court of World Opinion

by John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service

Israel, an apartheid regime far more evil than it South African counterpart ever was, justifies its genocidal atrocities by claiming that it “has a right to self-defense”; and the clarity of the situation is lost. I believe that even in an era such as ours, where the mainstream media are so thoroughly failing us, Gandhi's nonviolence is still relevant.

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Use Malaysia’s MH17 To Make Peace Instead

by Jan Oberg – Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research

The government of Ukraine as well as the separatists, NATO/U.S. and very many leading Western mainstream media seem all to know who has caused the tragedy.

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Elite Insanity on Display in Ukraine

by Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service

There are some standard and frequently repeated dysfunctional behaviours on display here with the usual unconscious emotional drivers of this behaviour hidden from view. Let us then consider some obvious aspects of the conflict and analyse them from a psychological perspective.

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Gaza Interview

by Richard Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service

[Prefatory note: This is an interview with a knowledgeable Greek journalist covering a range of issues associated with the Gaza ordeal] - “Blood on American Hands”: Richard Falk on Palestine

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IN FOCUS

Why Is the 2022 World Cup Being Held in a Country That Practices Modern-Day Slavery?

by Michelle Chen – The Nation

Even when migrant contract workers lose their jobs, they may end up stranded indefinitely if their employer does not give permission for them to return home. Workers who run away or are “abandoned” by their bosses might wind up homeless, unemployable and trapped on foreign soil.

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SPECIAL FEATURE

{MUST READ} Letter from Gaza by a Norwegian Doctor

by Dr. Mads Gilbert – Middle East Monitor

17 Jul 2014 - The last night was extreme. The "ground invasion" of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying - all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent. The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza's hospitals are working 12-24 hour shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads, they care, triage, try to understand the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans. HUMANS!

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AFRICA

How US Evangelicals Are Shaping Development in Uganda

by James Kassaga Arinaitwe – Al Jazeera

US evangelical groups are increasingly shaping Uganda's development policies to suit their religious agenda.

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ANGLO AMERICA

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

by Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux – The Intercept

23 Jul 2014 - The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.

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The Path to a New 1914? How America Chose War after 9/11

by Jonathan Schell - TomDispatch

Then came the attack of September 11 [2001]. Like the starting gun of a race that no one knew he was to run, this explosion set the pack of nations off in a single direction -- toward the trenches.

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Washington Is Escalating the Orchestrated Ukrainian “Crisis” to War

by Paul Craig Roberts – TRANSCEND Media Service

There we have it again: Russian Aggression. Repeat it enough and it becomes real.

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ASIA & THE PACIFIC

Australian Government: Pirates of the Indian Ocean

by Fiona Broom – Al Jazeera

As Australia's conservative government falls further in opinion polls, it is willing to eschew international refugee conventions to cling to what is winning it support - the illegal and inhumane treatment of asylum seekers.

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BRICS

Brazil Recalls Ambassador from Israel over Gaza Assault

by The Daily Star – TRANSCEND Media Service

Brazilian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday [23 Jul 2014], "We strongly condemn the disproportionate use of force by Israel in the Gaza Strip, from which large numbers of civilian casualties, including women and children resulted."

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As Western Power Diminishes, BRICS Rises

by The BRICS Post – TRANSCEND Media Service

July 21, 2014 - The 6th BRICS Summit was a resounding success. While major Western newspapers had consistently neglected the yearly gatherings in the past (or generally described it as a misguided idea), leading global voices such as The Economist and The Financial Times both reported on last week’s meeting.

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It Is Time to Know A Little More about Realities

by Fidel Castro Ruz - CounterPunch

The Importance of BRICS - The human being is a strange mixture of blind instinct, on one hand, and conscience, on the other. We are political animals, as affirmed Aristotle, who perhaps influenced humanity’s thinking more than any other ancient philosopher through his almost 200 treatises.

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MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

Solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza Begins in Lebanon’s Camps

by Franklin Lamb – TRANSCEND Media Service

Gaza isn’t the only open air prison; Lebanon has 12 of its own. And the people there are denied the most elementary right to apply for a job in more than 50 professions. Solidarity—credible, genuine solidarity—is within our grasp; let us reach for it.

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PALESTINE / ISRAEL

What If It Had Been 35 Palestinian Dead, and 800 Israeli?

by Robert Fisk – The Independent

Sunday 27 July 2014 - Many hundreds of thousands of people – I wish I could say millions – around the world want an end to this impunity. Impunity is the word that comes to mind. Eight hundred dead Palestinians. Eight hundred. That’s infinitely more than twice the total dead of flight MH17 over Ukraine.

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Why Israel Needs Anti-Semitism

by Diana Johnstone – CounterPunch

Last July 12 [2014], Jewish Defense League (JDL) militants provoked some participants in a Paris protest demonstration against the Israeli attack on Gaza into violent clashes in front of a synagogue in the rue de la Roquette. The JDL militants were protected by police, whereas several pro-Palestinian demonstrators were arrested.

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‘No Safe Place for Civilians’ in Gaza, U.N. Says

by Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service

Palestinian civilians in densely-populated Gaza have no place to hide from Israel's military offensive and children are paying the heaviest price, the United Nations said on Tuesday [22 Jul 2014].

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How Does Sodastream Treat Its Palestinian Workers When the Media Isn’t Looking?

by Niv Hachlili – +972 Magazine

According to Palestinian workers at the West Bank factory, they were provided with meager and unsuitable food at the end of a day of fasting; those who complained were fired immediately. SodaStream: ‘The termination process was done legally’

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Both Israelis and Palestinians Are Losers in This Conflict

by Daniel Barenboim – The Guardian

There can be no military solution. Both sides need to acknowledge the other’s suffering and their rights.

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Palestinian Recourse to the International Criminal Court: The Time Has Come

by Richard Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service

The political plausibility of invoking the International Criminal Court to investigate allegations of criminality directed at Israel increases with each passing day.

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Setting Aside Your Humanity to Cheer “Team Israel”

by MJ Rosenberg – Tikkun Daily

3000 years and it’s come to this. Go Blue (and White). If you defend this war, you are defending atrocities because, when it comes to Israel, you suspend all moral judgement. Fine. Just don’t think you are fooling anyone.

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How Israel Helped to Spawn Hamas

by Andrew Higgins – The Wall Street Journal

"Hamas, to my great regret, is Israel's creation," says Mr. Cohen, a Tunisian-born Jew who worked in Gaza for more than two decades. "When I look back at the chain of events I think we made a mistake," says David Hacham, who worked in Gaza in the late 1980s and early '90s as an Arab-affairs expert in the Israeli military. "But at the time nobody thought about the possible results."

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Not in My Name, Netanyahu

by David Harris-Gershon - Tikkun Daily

When Netanyahu blames Palestinians for their own deaths, dismissing them as “human shields” – including the over 100 children who have been lost – rather than note Israel’s choice to obliterate homes in dense, urban areas when it’s known innocents will die, he does not speak for me. Netanyahu does not represent the Jewish people. And he certainly doesn’t represent me.

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In Tel Aviv, Thousands Protest Against the Gaza Operation

by Zafrir Rinat - Haaretz

Thousands assembled at Tel Aviv's Rabin Square on Saturday [26 Jul 2014] evening for what became the largest protest against the Israeli military operation in Gaza thus far. According to official estimates some 7,000 protesters attended.

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Fuelling Antisemitism over Gaza Will Not Make Israel Any Safer

by Silvia Swinden – Pressenza Int’l Press Agency

The Israeli government is being played like a piano by Hamas. This relentless bombing of Gaza, killing civilians, children, handicapped people, can only make grow the horror that the international community feels. No sympathy for Israel, since the disproportion in the number of deaths is so great.

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THE UNITED NATIONS

Bangladesh Sending Its Death Squads for the UN Peacekeeping Missions

by Asian Centre for Human Rights – TRANSCEND Media Service

Serving in a UN peacekeeping mission is deemed so lucrative [as a Bangladesh Army officer earn upwards of US $2,200 a month in addition to other allowances and parks for an officer against Taka 15,000 (about US $200) for an officer in the country and US $1,100 for a soldier, against Taka 7,717 (about US $100)] that Bangladesh Army has systematically monopolised the UN postings.

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Statement of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar

by UN Information Center – TRANSCEND Media Service

The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, undertook her first official visit to the country from 17 to 26 July 2014 to gather first-hand information on the current human rights situation in Myanmar.

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MILITARISM

Drone Warfare: Who Is Dying in Afghanistan’s 1,000-Plus Drone Strikes?

by Alice K Ross – The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Horia Mosadiq, Afghanistan researcher for Amnesty International, said operations could increasingly rely on the CIA and special forces, which both operate under high levels of secrecy, posing even bigger challenges for those attempting to track casualties.

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HISTORY

Hannah Arendt: Born in Conflict, Israel Will Degenerate into Sparta, and American Jews Will Need to Back Away

by Philip Weiss –TRANSCEND Media Service

Zionism Reconsidered, 1944: Note her predictions of the Nakba, of unending conflict, of Zionist dependence on the American Jewish community, of ultimate conflict with that American Jewish community, and the contribution of political Zionism to world anti-semitism.

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MEDIA

Beyond Propaganda: Discourse of War and Doublethink. “When the Lie Becomes the Truth”

by Jean-Claude Paye and Tülay Umay - Global Research

The media are lying to us, but at the same time, they show us that they are lying. It is no longer a matter of changing our perception of facts in order to get our support, but to lock us in the spectacle of the omnipotence of power. Showing the annihilation of reason is based on images that serve to replace facts.

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When BBC Calls, Don’t Answer

by Richard Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service

That is, don’t answer, if you are a certified critic of Israeli policies and practices.

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Overcoming the Media Blockade in Gaza

by Amy Goodman - Truthdig

“We are disgustingly biased when it comes to this issue. Look at how [much] airtime [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and his folks have on air on a daily basis, Andrea Mitchell and others. I never see one Palestinian being interviewed on these same issues.”

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Google Doesn’t Want You to Limit Its Ability to Follow You around the Internet

by Dan Gillmor – The Guardian

Behind our screens, tech companies are racing to extract a price for what we read and watch on the web: our personal information.

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ECONOMICS

The Boomerang Effect: Sanctions on Russia Hit German Economy Hard

by Matthias Schepp and Cornelia Schmergal – Der Spiegel

21 Jul 2014 - The United States and Europe last week announced the imposition of stronger sanctions against Russia in response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. German industry may be among the losers.

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SCIENCE

Fukushima and Cesium

by Leslie Corrice – TRANSCEND Media Service

A summary of the facts concerning the radioactive Cesium at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear station. The synopsis comes from postings in the Fukushima Updates and Commentary blogs of this website. This shows that the Cesium risks have been exaggerated and much contrary “evidence” has been intentionally presented out of context.

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SATIRE

The Attack on Gaza

by First Dog on the Moon – TRANSCEND Media Service

How does one respond to a message stating that your house will be destroyed in 10 minutes? asks First Dog on the Moon.

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Israeli Operation Security Bottom

by Gilad Atzmon - TRANSCEND Media Service

Osama Gil-laden in Jerusalem - Avi Dichter, former head of the Israel Security Agency declared earlier this week that “there is no Iron Dome against the terror tunnels.” The bottom front is bare and widely open. The Israeli Gay leaders saved Israel once again. Butt-Plug was their answer. “The Jewish homeland needs to seal its bottom and there is only one cheap method to do so”

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US Navy Thanks Ukrainian Rebels

by News From Somewhere – TRANSCEND Media Service

US Navy Admiral Boris K. Orloff, head of the Navy’s Department of Shortening Memories (formerly Public Relations) today announced the intention to present a medal to whomever among the Ukrainian rebels was responsible for the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. “We have been waiting for something like this for 26 years now,” he explained.

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ANIMAL RIGHTS / VEGETARIANISM

PETA’s Undercover Shearing Videos Expose Horrific Sheep Abuse in U.S. and Australia

by Brandon Baker, EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service

It would be tough to think of any disgusting, gutless acts that aren’t featured in new videos about brutal sheep shearing in Australia and the U.S., produced by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

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“A Story of Love and Obsession Gone Bad”: How the U.S. Navy Is Killing the World’s Whales

by Lindsay Abrams - Salon

Author Joshua Horvitz on the epic showdown between marine life and national security.

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HEALTH

Study: Diet, Exercise May Prevent Dementia

by Gary Stix – Scientific American

New research suggests a multi-pronged approach may be most effective in preserving brain health long-term.

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SPIRITUALITY

C.S. Lewis on Suffering and What It Means to Have Free Will in a Universe of Fixed Laws

by Maria Popova, Brain Pickings – TRANSCEND Media Service

If the universe operates by fixed physical laws, what does it mean for us to have free will? That’s what C.S. Lewis considers with an elegant sidewise gleam in an essay titled “Divine Omnipotence” from his altogether fascinating 1940 book The Problem of Pain.

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POETRY FORMAT

“Not Only– “

by Dr Kyi Maung Kaung – TRANSCEND Media Service

A Poem on Burma by a Rightly Angry Poet

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The Bullets Fell in Love with You

by Maryam Youshizade – TRANSCEND Media Service

You see now? You were so sweet You sent kisses to the world

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I Am Not a Jew

by Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service

A poem in honor of the indomitable spirit of fellow humans who are being killed by Israel while being locked up in the Zionist concentration camp - called Gaza.

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IN OTHER LANGUAGES

(Français) Discours de la guerre et double pensée. L’exemple de la Syrie.

by Jean-Claude Paye et Tülay Umay – Mondialisation

Les médias nous mentent, mais, en même temps, nous montrent qu’ils nous mentent. Il ne s’agit plus de modifier la perception des faits afin d’obtenir notre adhésion, mais de nous enfermer dans le spectacle de la toute puissance du pouvoir. L’exhibition de l’anéantissement de la Raison repose sur des images qui ont pour fonction de se substituer aux faits.

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(Español) Gaza: la cárcel más grande del mundo

by Raúl Pineda - TeleSur

Los medios occidentales impiden reconocer la trágica dimensión del conflicto de Gaza, con apenas millón y medio de habitantes, convertida en la prisión más grande del planeta. Su población es de 4.118 personas por km², una de las más grandes concentraciones humanas del mundo.

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(Português) Povos de todo o mundo exigem fim do genocídio israelense contra palestinos

by Leonardo Wexell Severo – Brasil de Fato

Em repúdio à carnificina, as grandes avenidas da Alemanha, Argélia, Colôm¬bia, Egito, França, Grécia, Indonésia, Ir¬landa, Estados Unidos e Turquia, entre outras dezenas de países, foram tomadas por multidões vestindo o vermelho, ver¬de, preto e branco da bandeira palestina.

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(Português) Português – Língua Internacional

by Tereza Halliday – TRANSCEND Media Service

Segundo a Linha do Tempo, no Museu da Língua Portuguesa em São Paulo, a história do Português remonta a quatro mil anos antes de Cristo, mas foi tomando jeito de língua distinta lá pelos séculos VI e VII desta era.

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(Español) Galeano: Ya poca Palestina queda. Paso a paso, Israel la está borrando del mapa

by Eduardo Galeano – Sin Permiso

Desde 1948, los palestinos viven condenados a humillación perpetua. No pueden ni respirar sin permiso. Han perdido su patria, sus tierras, su agua, su libertad, su todo. Ni siquiera tienen derecho a elegir sus gobernantes.

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(Español) El 30% de los candidatos a elecciones en Brasil son mujeres

by TeleSur – TRANSCEND Media Service

El Partido de los Trabajadores, liderado por la actual presidenta brasileña, Dilma Roussef, es el que presenta un mayor número de candidaturas entre hombres y mujeres. En segundo lugar se encuentra el Partido Socialista Brasileño (PSB).

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(Italiano) La violenza strutturale riesaminata

by Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service

Il saggio “Galtung’s Structural Violence and the Sierra Leone Civil War c. 1985-1992" Philip Leech pubblicato nella newsletter di TRANSCEND del 14 luglio 2014 tra tutti i commenti il più profondo, è un’ottima opportunità per chiarire e sviluppare ulteriormente alcune delle premesse teoriche.

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SHORT VIDEO CLIPS

Imagine (Music Video of the Week)

by Antonio C. S. Rosa, editor – TRANSCEND Media Service

Official Video from the Immortal John Lennon

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Jon Snow’s Return from Gaza, Palestine – Heartbreaking Account of What He Saw

by TRANSCEND Media Service

26 July 2014 - Jon Snow (Channel 4 News, UK anchor) recounts the scene in Gaza's al-Shifa hospital, where doctors struggle to treat adults and children wounded by Israeli attacks.

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Israel and Palestine – A Very Short Introduction

by Jewish Voice for Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service

Easy to understand, historically accurate. Why Israelis and Palestinians are fighting, why the US-backed peace process has been an impediment to peace, and what you can do to make a difference. This conflict is essentially about land and human rights, not religion and culture.

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JOKE OF THE WEEK

Lawyers

by Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

A woman called a lawyer in despair and explained, "I have never called a lawyer in my life.

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